Here's Proof The Next Hyundai Kona Will Look Awesome


Who knew a humble subcompact hatchback could look this good?

The US, it seems, is at war with the car. Utility vehicles are gaining popularity all across the world, but nowhere has that had a greater impact on the automotive landscape than in the US, where Ford has announced the imminent demise of its traditional sedan model lines and General Motors has extensively pruned its car lineup.

In the midst of this, Korea's Hyundai has revealed some official sketches teasing the design of the forthcoming 2021 Hyundai i20 subcompact hatchback, and it's a poignant reminder of what we're missing out on in the US market by saying no to cars and yes to lifted station wagons imbued with rugged pretenses.


Granted, the Hyundai i20 has never been offered in the US, even before the utility vehicle's meteoric rise. Instead, Hyundai has plugged the subcompact hole in its US lineup with the mechanically related Hyundai Accent. Adding insult to injury, that model does have a hatchback variant, but not one that's available in the US. Bummer.

The new, 2021 Hyundai i20 carries forward the Korean automaker's new "Sensuous Sportiness" design language, which also informed the Sonata sedan's recent redesign. The sketches depict a sharp, aggressive-looking little hatchback with a well-integrated grille that flows into the headlights on either side; big, gaping side inlets; blacked-out pillars; and some mean-looking aerodynamic elements.

Hyundai has denied us a look at the interior, but the company says that, too, is all-new, now featuring an improved layout with two 10.25-inch digital screens - one for the driver's instrumentation, and one for infotainment.


While this handsome little bugger almost certainly won't be sold in the US, it might provide some indication of what we can expect from the next Hyundai Accent sedan and Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover, both of which ride on the same Hyundai-Kia GB platform. Those model lines are on different lifecycle schedules than the i20, so expect all-new versions to follow later down the road.

Look for the 2021 Hyundai i20 to make its official debut at this year's 2020 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland next month. Just try not to get too attached.


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